Now Available: HSD Model for Security Innovation – Vision, Method and Instruments for Triple Helix Innovation

09 mei 2017
Auteur: HSD Foundation

The Hague Security Delta (HSD) is proud to announce the HSD Model for Security Innovation. The brochure describes the vision, method and instruments HSD uses in setting up, pursuing and supporting triple helix collaborations, between businesses, knowledge institutions and governments,  for innovative security solutions.


Security is an important social and economic sector; innovation and job creation are two sides of the same coin. However, the security field can be very complex. Information is often classified, governments take on both the role as co-designer and practitioner –leading to a difficult relation with private sector organisations– and in many cases demand is fragmented. Therefore, a prerequisite for success is that businesses, knowledge institutions and the government are jointly and ambitiously committed to creating social and economic gain. This so-called triple helix collaboration is necessary, but cannot be taken for granted. Cooperation must grow, cooperation must be learned. The purpose of this brochure is to describe what organisations can expect from working together within and with The Hague Security Delta. HSD is the network/platform as a whole, but sometimes also a group of specific partners within this network as well as HSD Office, which in itself is a ‘networked organisation’. Flexibility and versatility of connections are some of HSD’s key strengths.


The HSD Model for Security Innovation is available here (in Dutch). It was developed by the HSD Innovation Liaison team and the author Frank Bekkers, also the co-author of the Nationals Innovation Agenda for Security and Director of the Security Programme at HSD Premium Partner The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies (HCSS). Special thanks goes out to the expert group that contributed to the development of the model.


The brochure starts with a brief description of what triple helix cooperation in the security domain entails. Based on this concept, it focuses on how partners within the HSD network can shape and activate such collaboration. The HSD Model for Security Innovation describes four stages in the development of triple helix cooperation:

(1) Exploration and Demand Articulation, (2) Consortium Formation, (3) Operating Consortium and (4) Harvest.

For each stage an overview of available instruments is presented.


In stage 1, Exploration and Demand Articulation, the demand for an innovative security solution and the opportunities to come to this solution within the triple helix become clear. In Consortium Formation (2), the triple helix parties find each other and make arrangements on how to work together. During the Operating Consortium stage (3), the cooperating parties develop and test the innovative solution. Finally, in the Harvest stage (4), the parties actually present their new solution and, where possible, market it nationally and internationally. These stages intersect; sometimes it is necessary to revert to an earlier stage in order to develop a sustainable partnership and solution.


More information?

For more information about the HSD Model for Security Innovation you can contact Bert Feskens (HSD Innovation Liaison) via


HSD Café 8 June on Innovation and Research Programmes

If you are interested in learning more about the triple-helix innovation programmes within HSD, you are more than welcome to join the HSD Café on 8 June. During this café, multiple HSD Founding Partners, including TNO and TU Delft, will present their research and innovation programmes for which they are looking for cooperation partners.

To register, click here.